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Greatest Female Comedienne of All Time

  1. Lucille Ball

    31.6%
  2. Carol Burnett

    15.8%
  3. Other

    52.6%
  1. Jan 30, 2009 #1
    Lately, I've been watching the documentary series "Make'm Laugh" on PBS. And it's gotten me to wondering: namely, that there has not seemed to have been as many comediennes, as there have been their male counterparts.


    That is NOT to suggest, in any way, that women aren't as funny; but rather that they just do not appear to be taking this line of work seriously (pun intended).



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    Personally, Vicki Lawrence I've always loved very much as "Mama;" and Phyllis Diller has a special place in my heart, for that certain episode of Scooby-Doo she had done years ago...

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    But if I had to narrow it down to just two contenders, I think most everyone would agree that it has to either be : Lucille Ball, or Carol Burnett; who is the absolute all-time favorite female comic.


    You decide PF. I'll leave a space for "other," with respect to Gilda Radner, Whoopi Goldberg, et al.
     
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  3. Jan 30, 2009 #2

    Evo

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    Lucille Ball, The things she did in her "I love Lucy" shows were classics.
     
  4. Jan 30, 2009 #3

    Oh I agree: Lucy was the entire show (Ricky was just a cheap bass-tard...almost as bad as Fred). However, this face provided for by Ms. Burnett says it all to me...

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  5. Jan 30, 2009 #4

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    Lucille Ball and Carol Burnett were two who immediately came to mind.

    I agree with Evo, Lucille Ball in "I Love Lucy" is a classic.

    Others:

    Gracie Allen
    Minnie Pearl
    Moms Mabley
    Anne Meara (of Stiller and Meara)
    Fannie Flagg

    What can I say - I'm old.
     
  6. Jan 30, 2009 #5

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    Lucy, freezing in the meat locker, working on the choclate candy line, making mayonaise to sell, setting her fake nose on fire in Hollywood, dressing as an ET on top of the Empire State building, dressing as Superman and getting locked outside on a ledge, Vita Veta Vegamin commercial, getting eaten by a dragon "I'm in love with the dragon's dinner", the fashion show in Paris, oh my god, there are just too many classics.
     
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  7. Jan 30, 2009 #6

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    One of the better jobs I had in college was a cocktail waitress at a comedy club. I worked there for 3 years and saw hundreds and hundreds of stand-up routines.

    My favorite: Paula Poundstone! She can ad-lib like no one else, and that takes a quick, sharp mind. I list her as the best comedian who played at our club, not just best comedienne.

    But, then again, my comedy knowledge is limited to stand-up comics who were active in the San Francisco bay area in the mid 1980s.
     
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  9. Jan 30, 2009 #8
    she was the first to come to my mind. I don't think there are any other female comedians that I have enjoyed as much as her.
    most of the modern female stand-ups tend to be obnoxious or focus on things like pms and male bashing, which gets really old. poundstone is truely clever and witty.
     
  10. Jan 30, 2009 #9
    Ah Yes I remember them well :smile:
     
  11. Jan 30, 2009 #10

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    Edith Anne....

    and thath the truthththth.....

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=<object width="425" height="344"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/ocBO0fr1Ui4&hl=en&fs=1"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/ocBO0fr1Ui4&hl=en&fs=1" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="425" height="344"></embed></object>
     
  12. Jan 31, 2009 #11

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    Hmm, I've never heard of these people.
     
  13. Jan 31, 2009 #12
    Phyllis Diller, is my number one favoritehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=<object width="425" height="344"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/AdotmuBfMKg&hl=en&fs=1"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/AdotmuBfMKg&hl=en&fs=1" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="425" height="344"></embed></object> .

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phyllis_Diller
     
  14. Jan 31, 2009 #13

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    Having Richard Widmark sign a grapefruit??? Her writers did a fine job playing up her "incompetence".
     
  15. Jan 31, 2009 #14

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    Maine's junior senator IS Edith Anne. Just search YouTube for Susan Collins and prepare to be saccharined to death.
     
  16. Jan 31, 2009 #15

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    Hard to say who's my favorite comedienne. Gracie Allen delivered her lines with such a frivolous, air-head dead-pan that she's got to be up there. Phyllis Diller was good at stand-up, if you could stand the shtick (and the eyebrows painted up on her forehead), though Joan Rivers milked that genre a little better (IMO).

    Barbara Feldon was fantastic in Get Smart, though she should have been busting a gut in many scenes. Buck Henry, Mel Brooks, and other writers had a talent for creating a mix of hyperbole and banality, while inserting inside jokes, running gags, and the occasional "howler" into the scripts. The cast of Get Smart played everything as dead-pan as possible making that show my favorite cold-war comedy.

    Mae West was a darned good comedienne, too. Check her out in "My Little Chickadee". She was overwhelmed by Fields' performance, but still held up well. Nobody out-did Fields.
     
  17. Jan 31, 2009 #16
    All of that shtick, the eyebrows the hair, the god awful cloths, was all a part of what made her so funny. Joan Rivers copied Phyllis in the "females poking fun at them selfs" act. What I find very interesting is that many great female stand up comics have rather good collage degrees. Which follows my beliefs, that funny people are smart{be it street smarts or book learning}.
     
  18. Jan 31, 2009 #17

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    I can't pick one. :cry:

    I keep thinking that there is a more current choice that I'm missing.
     
  19. Jan 31, 2009 #18

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    What an extensive list of choices. I think other will win.
     
  20. Jan 31, 2009 #19

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    She didn't even need to open her mouth, to have me falling off my chair. :biggrin:
    Tender foot... Mashing the Grapes
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tw0D-Rv_vro
     
  21. Jan 31, 2009 #20
    ditto. most women aren't funny. Leno had Kathy Griffin on once and she got all bent out of shape because Leno made some crack that implied she wasn't pretty. if they can't take a joke and don't understand self-deprecating humor, they need to get lost.
     
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